“Autumn Fog” by Andrea Peters
Paintings by East Boothbay artists Andrea Peters and Don Demers and Monhegan artist Kevin Beers are headed to the prestigious New Britain Museum of Art in New Britain, Connecticut, as part of the collection of coastal-themed paintings donated to that museum by Charles and Irene Hamm. The Hamm gift consists of 165 paintings plus $1 million in financial support for the collection. “I was thrilled to be included in the Hamm Collection and then in American Coastal Art, the book of their collection,” says Peters, “but to be represented at a museum as extraordinary as the New Britain is one of the greatest honors of my career.”
Local gallery owners Dennis and Marty Gleason, who represent both Beers and Peters, were instrumental in supplying a number of the paintings for the Hamm collection, including one of the collection’s centerpieces, Fairfield Porter’s elegant watercolor Dirigo Island. The Gleasons were also responsible for providing the Hamms with examples by Andrew Winter, James Fitzgerald, Walter Farndon, Sears Gallagher, and many others.
The paintings by Andrea Peters and Kevin Beers will join a museum collection that already includes some of the most important American paintings ever made, including works by George Bellows, Robert Henri, and Rockwell Kent, all of whom painted on Monhegan Island in the early part of the 20th century. To see paintings by both Peters and Beers, as well as by Andrew Winter, Fairfield Porter, and James Fitzgerald, visit Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue, in Boothbay Harbor. The gallery is open year round.